The Masters: 30 Best Paul Thomas Anderson Actors

From 'Hard Eight' to 'Inherent Vice,' we've ranked the MVPs of PTA's movies

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22. Paul Dano

Dano's stylized performance as the ambitious young preacher Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood didn't sit well with everybody; some critics found him too broad in the part. But how can anyone be too broad in a movie that also features Daniel Day-Lewis gloriously chewing up scenery left and right? Rather, Dano's loudly, outwardly earnest character makes an ideal foil for Day-Lewis' loudly cynical protagonist. These are not just two men, they are two historical forces – capitalism and the clergy – colluding and colliding over the course of a film that, not unlike Inherent Vice, is all about the corrupting nature of power and money.

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